Be careful out there, people, and always be wary of clowns . . .
even when it's not clown season.
"Despite their surface mixture of humor and horror, these are stories of ideas, offering complex meditations on Judaism through the eyes of an astonishing range of characters."
Sometimes I sensed that the books I read in rapid succession had set up some sort of murmur among themselves, transforming my head into an orchestra pit where different musical instruments sounded out, and I would realize that I could endure this life because of these musicales going on in my head.
- Orhan Pamuk
It was not up to her to make his boundaries clear; he was in a position of power over her. It does not matter what his motivation was; what matters is his behavior, and his behavior was inappropriate.
10- You wish there really was a Dr. House, M.D.
9- You watch every medical drama and understand the medical jargon, the differential diagnosis and worse yet, half the cases sound like they could be yours.
8- Your doctors talk to you like colleagues, instead of patients, because you are so well-educated on your condition(s).
7- The “middle of the night” for you is actually more like 2 o’clock in the afternoon because you deal with “sleep issues.”
6- Doing your chores, sometimes literally means just getting out of bed and taking a shower.
5- Everyday feels like PMS. (For Women)
4- You carry more pills than a pharmacy.
3- Your moods change…frequently.
2- You forget things like…wait, what was I talking about?
1- Your doctor sees you and touches you more than your spouse! (Ba-Dum-Ching)
I may not be able to do a lot of things because of my pain, but one of the few things I can do without pain (usually) is smile and laugh.
What can you add to this list?
A strange flower
for birds and butterflies
the autumn sky
- Matsuo Basho
Blowing from the west
Fallen leaves gather
In the east.- BusonA cool fall night--
getting dinner, we peeled
- Matsuo Basho
As one who loved poetry
And persimmons.- ShikiA caterpillar,
this deep in fall--
still not a butterfly.
- Matsuo Basho
Q: Breast Cancer Remission: I have been in remission for breast cancer for about four years now. I was fortunate to have good health insurance and a supportive network or friends and family during my treatment and recovery. Every October I grapple with the same problem: I feel no loyalty or desire to help out with breast cancer awareness funds.
To be quite blunt, I find most national campaigns to be impersonal, they do not score very highly on the charity calculator, and they were not there for me when I was suffering. I am also not particularly interesting in doing any of the 5Ks or other events in October. I find the best way to help breast cancer sufferers is to donate and volunteer at the local level.
Every year I get a lot of inquiries if I am participating in different campaigns or activities and when I say no, there is always a bit of an awkward pause. I don't really want to get into why I choose to support the local level more than national, and I don't want people to think I am insensitive to the needs of those with breast cancer. What is a good response to their inquiries?
Yes, it's October again.
A: Thank you for standing against this pink ribbon oppression. Both my grandmother and mother had breast cancer, and I, too, have no interest in buying pink ribbon yogurt, or participating in walks for the purpose of handing a big chunk of cash to overpaid executives.
You might like the books Pink Ribbon Blues and Bright-Sided, which explore both the dark side of big breast cancer charities and the incessant cheerleading imposed on breast cancer survivors. Mostly, you need a way to shrug off the inquiries. "I give to cancer organizations that help people in this community," should be enough to shut up most people.
But if you're up for it, you could do a little breast cancer education of your own and say that unfortunately, some of the big breast cancer charities do not use their money effectively.
- Dear Prudence, Slate.